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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Man shot and killed by Fairfax County police identified

A man who was shot and killed by a Fairfax County police officer Saturday night has been identified as 22-year-old Gray Alan Combs, Jr., of no fixed address, police said Monday.

Officers were called to an apartment in the 5700 block of Backlick Road shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday for a report of a wanted person hiding in a bedroom, Fairfax County police said.

The officers and a police dog began searching the apartment and encountered Combs, police said. Combs allegedly threatened the officers with a sword and refused to comply with commands, police said.

The officers opened fire with bean bags and live ammunition, striking Combs, police said. The officers immediately performed CPR on Combs and gave him medical attention, but he died shortly after being transported to a local hospital, police said.

Mary Ann Jennings, a police spokeswoman, said because the investigation is ongoing police could not say where bullets struck Combs, how he allegedly threatened officers and whether he was shot with bean bags before live ammunition, or at the same time.

None of the officers were injured in the incident.

Police said Combs had seven outstanding warrants including felony child pornography counts and a misdemeanor warrant for consensual intercourse with a minor. Fairfax County court records show Combs had convictions for felonies, including grand larceny and stealing property with intent to sell.

Jennings said officers encountered Combs and another person in a car on Friday night. Combs allegedly gave officers false identification and escaped after a brief chase on foot. As a result, police issued additional warrants for resisting arrest and identity theft.

The person living in the Backlick Road apartment alerted officers that Combs was there on Saturday, Jennings said.

Two of Combs’ family members said they had concerns with the way police handled the situation. They said Combs, who was originally from Evansville, Ind., was in Virginia for a jobs program. They acknowledged he had a criminal record, but said he was not violent.

“I can’t say if it was right or wrong,” said Amber Combs, his half-sister, of Gray’s shooting. “I am thankful that no one else got hurt. I’m horribly saddened I lost my brother over it. I think it could have been handled differently.”

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on routine administrative leave, police said. Officer Shelley Broderick, another police spokeswoman, said internal affairs will probe the shooting, after the criminal investigation is completed.

Fairfax County police chief David M. Rohrer will also decide whether to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting, Broderick said.

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